In case you didn’t know, in the United States has a law called the Family and Medical Leave Act. As explained by a Los Angeles employment lawyer, the FMLA allows eligible employees of employers covered by this law are required to allow employees to take unpaid, job-protected leaves for family and medical reasons. Moreover, the employee’s group health insurance coverage must continue under the same terms and conditions as if the worker did not take the said leave. This law was made to help employees with pressing medical condition or family emergencies to attend to their health or their loved ones without the fear of losing their jobs and their health insurance coverage.
Continuous FMLA violations
However, there are a lot of companies that do not allow people to take such leaves as mandated by the law. In worse situations, the employee even gets terminated for taking the said leaves. This is just one of the many reasons why the United States Department of Labor and all of its controlled agencies, as well as non-government organizations are working double time to find ways on how to prevent these violations from happening.
In Winfield, West Virginia, the Department of Labor has helped former employees of Putnam County Board of Education file a lawsuit for violations of the FMLA. Through the assistance of the Wage and Hour Division of the Labor Department, these employees have secured $50,000 as payment in back wages. According to investigations, the school board retaliated against the employee after the latter requested for a FMLA-protected leave after forcing the same employee to resign. Additionally, the school board did not inform the employee of his rights under the FMLA, causing the latter’s failure to make an informed decision and use his FMLA-eligible leave.
A Los Angeles attorney explained that this victory is a proof that the FMLA works and should serve as a warning to companies that they should not prevent workers from taking leaves to attend to pressing matters about their family or their health. If you have been a victim of similar offenses against your rights as stipulated in the FMLA, then you should not hesitate and file the necessary complaints to get the justice that you deserve.